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04/12/2013

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 04 December 2013

News and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather, Thought for the Day.

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  • 4 Dec 2013 12:12:07

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  • 4 Dec 2013 07:14:32

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    0615

    Business news with Tanya Beckett.

    -          The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) have shared their views on which infrastructure projects the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, should prioritise. Jeremy Blackburn, head of UK policy at Rics, explains.

    -          The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) meet on 4 December to discuss oil production and trade sanctions with Iran. Julian Lee, senior energy analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Studies, examines.


    0649

    Terrorists in Yemen are determined to develop ever harder-to-detect bombs to smuggle on planes bound for Western countries, according to Whitehall officials. The BBC’s Security Correspondent Frank Gardner reports from inside the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.


    0709

    The government is announcing a change in the subsidies for renewable energy, which will swing the balance away from onshore wind farms to offshore projects. The BBC’s deputy political editor, James Landale, discovers more.

     

    0715

    The United Nations will vote tomorrow on whether more French troops should be sent to the Central African Republic. The BBC’s Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding reports.

     

    0718

    The government is set to announce plans to invest over £375 billion in UK infrastructure up to 2030 and beyond. Richard Threlfall, UK head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG, speaks to the Today programme’s Sarah Montague. 

     

    0720

    Business news with Tanya Beckett. Discussing Tesco’s sales figures for the third quarter of the year, with David Gray, a retail analyst at Planet Retail.

     

    0722

    A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) suggests that the Charity Commission is not an effective regulator. Victoria Keilthy, director of the NAO and author of the report, explains; plus Sam Young, chief executive of the Charity Commission, gives his view.

     

    0733

    The Smithwick Inquiry has concluded that the murder of two Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in 1989 was probably the result of collusion by some members of the Irish police, the Garda. Alan Mains, a former RUC officer, and Northern Ireland justice minister David Ford discuss.

     

    0739

    The paper review.

     

    0742

    The second Ashes test will start in Adelaide at 00:00 GMT on 4 December, meaning cricket fans in the UK will have to stay up throughout the night to watch the action. Johnny Borrell, lead singer of Razorlight and avid cricket fan, is in the studio.

     

    0748

    Thought for the Day, with the writer Rhidian Brook.

     

    0751

    A lawyer for a woman forced to undergo a Caesarean section and give up her baby for adoption, has claimed her treatment was "brutal" and "invasive". Sir Mark Hedley, a former high court judge in the family division, speaks to presenter Sarah Montague.

     

    0810

    The government will announce plans to invest over £375 billion in UK infrastructure. Hugh Pym, the BBC's chief economics correspondent, reports; and Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the treasury, talks about the announcement.

     

    0818

    We have been hearing a lot about China this week. The Today programme’s Sima Kotecha finds out what the Chinese really think of the British.

     

    0831

    Attorney General Dominic Grieve is publishing guidelines to warn social media site users that airing their views may lead to contempt of court. Mr Grieve discusses.

     

    0838

    Business news with Tanya Beckett. Mobile phone operator Three is extending its 'Feel at Home' product which allows its customers to use their UK phone allowances abroad at the same rate as if they were in the UK. David Dyson, Three's chief executive, explains.

     

    0841

    Thursday 4 December marks the launch of the Lancet's 2035 Global Health Commission, which looks at how global investment in healthcare can be increased. The chair, Larry Summers, speaks to presenter James Naughtie.

     

    0847

    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, is a frequent visitor to the Middle East and he is back in the region today, with the continuing nuclear negotiations with Iran and peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, high on his agenda. The BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Kevin Connolly, reports.

     

    0853

    An American animal rights group Non-Human Rights Project has filed a lawsuit to try to establish that a chimpanzee is a "legal person" and so has rights. Presenter Sarah Montague speaks to the group’s president, Steve Wise.


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